Vikings post two third-place finishes |

Vikings post two third-place finishes

RENO – One of South Tahoe High’s best-ever finishes in a distance race at the Nevada state track and field championships almost didn’t happen.

Kelsey McClurg was scheduled to race in the 1,600-meter run on Friday at 4:50 p.m. at the NIAA 4A State Track and Field Championships at Reno High School. But after a draining performance in the final leg of the 4×800 relay two hours earlier, the South Tahoe junior nearly pulled out of the race.

“She was so disappointed in how she was feeling that she initially opted not to run,” said STHS track coach Dan Wilvers. “But after a chat with coach Melissa Berry, she chose to do it.”

It turned out to be a good decision as McClurg finished third in the race with a time of 5 minutes, 29.60 seconds. In the Vikings’ only other event at state, the team of Heather Newman, Kimmy Arroues, Kylie Noll and McClurg took third in the 4×800 relay in a school-record time of 9:46.85.

“All four girls ran very well and I’m so very proud of their efforts to set a new school record despite the limited track time we had this spring,” Wilvers said. “Despite her claims that she sucks, Kelsey McClurg is a running giant who will have success for many years to come in the athletic venue.”

In the 1,600, Reno’s Mel Lawrence won the race in 4:52.93 and Galena’s Alyssa Abbott took second in 5:14.61. Lawrence broke her own state record by almost 10 seconds, which she previously set in 2005.

In the 4×800 relay, Reno won in a state-record time of 9:27.59, eclipsing its own previous record by about eight seconds. Cimarron-Memorial of Las Vegas took second in 9:42.40. South Tahoe’s time of 9:46.85 was 1.80 seconds faster than fourth-place Elko (9:48.65), which came into the meet as the third-seeded team.

Galena won the girls’ meet with 112 points and the Grizzlies also won the boys’ meet with 87 points. Despite only competing in two events, the Vikings finished 17th out of 31 teams (12 points).

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